First-Time College Students from High School

1. Required High School Units: (1 Unit = 1 year in class)

  • 4 Units of English
  • 4 Units of Mathematics (Algebra 1 or Higher)
  • 3 Units of Science (Must include a lab science; cannot include general science)
  • 3 Units of Social Science
  • 2 Units of a Single Foreign Language
  • 1 Unit of Fine Arts

2. Required Minimum Combinations of Percentile Rank in Graduating High School Class and Admission Test (ACT or SAT) score are as follows:

If the ACT Composite Score is 24 or higher, or the total of SAT combined Critical Reading and Math scores is 1090 or higher, or redesigned SAT of 1160 or higher, then the applicant meets the minimum requirement for admission.

If the ACT Composite Score is between 17 and 23 or the total of SAT combined Critical Reading and Math scores is between 820 and 1080, or a redesigned SAT of 900 to 1150, then the applicant must meet the following high school class rank requirements to be admitted:

ACTCombined SAT
Reading & Math
(Pre-March 2016)
*Redesigned SAT
(Post March-2016)
High School Class
Percentile Rank
Core GPA*
23 1050 - 1080 1130 - 1150 48 2.80
22 1020 - 1040 1100 - 1120 54 2.90
21 980 - 1010 1060 - 1090 62 3.05
20 940 - 970 1020 - 1050 69 3.20
19 900 - 930 980 - 1010 78 3.35
18 860 - 890 940 - 970 86 3.50
17 820 - 850 900 - 930 94 3.65

*Students from non-ranking high schools are admitted based upon a sliding scale combination of their core GPA and their standardized test scores. Minimum required GPA in core curriculum classes change every couple of years. This core GPA is set by the UM System for admissions to all four campuses.


3. If you:

A. Rank in the top 10% of your graduating class of a Missouri high school and
B. Complete the college preparatory curriculum that includes at least 17 units of credit (four units each of English and math, three units of social studies, three units of science, two units of a single foreign language, and one unit of fine art), and
C. Submit an ACT/SAT score,

You will be eligible for automatic admission to any campus of the University of Missouri.

4. If you:

A. Graduate from a Missouri high school that does not rank its graduates, but
B. Have taken a college preparatory curriculum that includes at least 17 units of credit (four units each of English and math, three units of social studies, three units of science, two units of a single foreign language, and one unit of fine art) and
C. Achieve a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in these core courses and
D. Submit an ACT/SAT score,

You will be eligible for automatic admission to any campus of the University of Missouri.

In addition, the following must be submitted:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (apply online)
  • A $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • An Admission Test Score (ACT or SAT)
  • A High School Transcript (including class rank and showing successful completion of required high school units as shown)

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High School Equivalency Applicants

Individuals may seek admission on the basis of passing the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 2500 for tests taken on or after January 1, 2002 (a minimum score of 250 is required for tests taken prior to January 1, 2002), or the HiSET test with a minimum score of 75 (with a minimum score of 15 in each of the five subsections).

In addition, the following must be submitted:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (apply online)
  • A $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • An ACT Composite score of at least 24 or SAT Composite of at least 1090
  • A High School Transcript if ACT/SAT scores are present

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Home-Schooled Students

UMSL welcomes home-schooled students. To be considered for undergraduate admission, the home-schooled student must submit the following:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (apply online)
  • A $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • An ACT Composite score of at least 17-23 (SAT equivalent) (guaranteed admission if 24 composite or higher) 
  • A copy of course of study or transcript reflecting all coursework and grades earned, if available
  • If an applicant has not acquired all units of work required for a high school diploma in Missouri, the applicant must also provide a test score report of the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 2500 (for test taken after January 1, 2002; minimum score of 250 for tests taken prior to January 1, 2002) or, the HiSET test with a minimum score of 75 (minimum of 15 in each subsection).

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Transfer Students

Students applying to UMSL for full-time or part-time attendance with 24 or more transferable, college-level credit hours will need a cumulative college GPA of 2.3 or higher to be considered for admission.

Students applying with less than 24 transferable, college-level credit hours will also need to meet the Freshman admission requirements.

In addition, the following must be submitted:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (apply online)
  • A $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • Transcripts sent from all colleges/universities attended
    Note: If you have fewer than 24 transferable hours, you must also have your high school transcripts sent along with an ACT/SAT score.

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Graduate Students

The University of Missouri-St. Louis admits qualified individuals to study for graduate degrees and certificates. Students with a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university may apply for admission to the Graduate School. Please see the Graduate School admissions site for details on graduate admissions including deadlines, required materials, GRE/GMAT scores, and application fees.

Degree-Seeking or Graduate Certificate Students

Applicants for a degree or graduate certificate program at UMSL must submit an application, official transcript documenting the baccalaureate degree and all other prior coursework, scores from examinations required by the program, and other evidence of academic and professional preparation required by the program. Such evidence may include standardized test results, letters of recommendation, transcripts of all academic work attempted, and writing samples.

When there are openings for new students, applicants are normally admitted given official evidence of:

  1. A baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education,
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and major field GPA of at least 2.75,
  3. An acceptable score on each requisite examination, and
  4. Satisfactory additional materials required by the particular program.

The dean of the Graduate School makes the final decision on applications, based on recommendations from the program.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Applicants may seek status as Non-Degree-seeking graduate students if they are visiting students, they do not intend to pursue a degree, or they want to participate in graduate workshops or institutes. Applicants must provide an official transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree, with a GPA of at least 2.5. A Non-Degree student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.00.

The dean of the Graduate School admits Non-Degree-seeking students only upon recommendation of the program.

Course work completed by Non-Degree students is not regarded as work toward a degree program. Therefore, Non-Degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Should a Non-Degree student apply for Degree-Seeking status and be admitted to the program the maximum hours of Non-Degree status work that can be applied to a degree program is nine semester hours. A Non-Degree student wishing to take more than nine hours may be allowed to do so contingent upon departmental recommendation. No credits taken as Non-Degree status may count as part of the residence requirement for a degree.

Non-Degree Education Certification students are exempt from the nine-hour limitation on non-degree courses because they take courses for State Department of Education certification. However, all other conditions regarding admission and registration that apply to Non-Degree students apply to Education Certification students.

Students wishing to change from Non-Degree to Degree-seeking must submit a new graduate application for review and approval by the program and the dean of the Graduate School.

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*Important Note Regarding MyGateway: 
Once a student has been admitted, it will take 3-5 business days to create a new MyGateway account for that student. MyGateway will be your online portal to manage many activities like registering for courses, viewing your grades, and communicating with faculty. We know you may want to register for classes before your account is up and working. No worries, you can always reach out to our UMSL|NOW staff or contact the Registrar's Office (269 MSC, 314-516-5545) to get registered.